January 15th, 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Break out the red carpet for the Groundhog Day trek to Gobbler's Knob for two important figures: Punxsutawney Phil and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett.
The Groundhog Club's Inner Circle confirmed last week that Corbett and his wife, Susan, will indeed attend Groundhog Day 2012, serving as the guest speaker at the annual Groundhog Banquet Feb. 1 and making the trek with the Inner Circle the morning of Feb. 2.
The official announcement from the Inner Circle coincides with the first day â€” today â€” that tickets for the banquet will be available.
BROOKVILLE â€” Jury selection was completed Friday for the trial of Steven Patrick Rebert, as 12 jurors and four alternates were chosen for the trial, which is set to begin with opening arguments at 9 a.m. today at the Jefferson County Courthouse.
Rebert, formerly of Emporium, faces double homicide charges in the shooting deaths of Victoria Lynn Shugar and her husband, James Shugar â€” also known as Wayne Shugar â€” both 61, who were found dead April 12, 2010, in their Coal Tipple Road home, Brockway.
(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported in past issues of the newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)
(April 22, 1896)
FIRST TO ENTERâ€¦
The 206 Regiment Enjoys
Helen Bobette (Sutter) Lechner, 90, of Anchorage, Alaska, died Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, in Anchorage.
Â Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of Shumaker Funeral Home Inc., Punxsutawney.
Mary Jane Miller, 68, Brookville, died Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.
She was born Dec. 11, 1943, in Tonawanda, N.Y., a daughter of the late Marcel Russell and Hilda Madelyn (Lewis) Wazelle.
May 25, 1974, she married the love of her life, Wayne Arthur Miller, who preceded her in death Oct. 1, 2009.
Mrs. Miller was a member of the Nazerene Church in Anita.
She and her husband lived most of their lives in Wyoming, where they enjoyed riding horses, backpacking, square dancing, bowling and Black Powder Rendezvous.
Jeffrey (Petey) S. Peterman Sr., 39, Punxsutawney,died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, at home after a lengthy battle with cancer.
He was born Nov. 30, 1972, in Indiana, a son of Margaret Diane (Peterman) Anderson, who survives, of Punxsutawney.
Mr. Peterman was a roofer.
He was a member of the Punxsutawney FOE, the American Legion and the Walston Club.
Miriam Poole, 87, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born Dec. 23, 1924, in Lancaster, a daughter of the late Samuel Z. and Nora May (Hersh) Shaub.
She married Warren D. Slaybaugh, who preceded her in death in 1991.
She then married Bruce Poole, who preceded her in death in 2010.
Mrs. Poole was a registered nurse.
She was a member of the Punxsutawney Chapter No. 72, Order of the Eastern Star.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Lady Chucks basketball team knew it had its hands full when the Lady Tigers of Hollidaysburg â€” defending District VI champion and perennial powerhouse â€” rolled into town on snow-covered roads Friday night.
Punxsy (3-9, 0-2) wasn't able to break the Lady Tigers' press, and Hollidaysburg scored eight points in the first minute and opened with a 13-0 run on its way to a 78-32 win.
RIDGWAY â€” After a tough loss to Brookville put the Punxsy junior high wresting team below the .500 mark for the season at 2-3, Punxsy rebounded with a victory Thursday night in Ridgway to return to .500.
As has been the case for Punxsy in more matches than not this season, it dominated the bouts that took place on the mat. But in an interesting move, Punxsy head coach Bill Burke said Ridgway opted to exchange several forfeits as opposed to allowing its wrestlers to take to the mat during regulation.
BROOKVILLE â€” Look out Thin Mints, a new cookie is vying for the spotlight.
In celebration of their organizationâ€™s 100th anniversary, Girl Scouts across America are going door-to-door today, and every day for the next couple of weeks, trying to sell a new cookie: Savannah Smiles.
The new lemon-wedge cookie, described as â€ścool and crisp, with just the right amount of lemon chips to deliver tiny bursts of flavor,â€ť was introduced to pay homage to the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting.